Beloved and I had dinner at Zubuchon a couple of weeks ago. This happened because I was annoyed with the queue for the bus and we were supposed to go home, towards Cubao area. This was also after when we already had dinner at nearby Shangri-La Plaza mall (part of which was chicharon). This lechon-specialty store is deemed inferior by Cebu friends, but based on other reviews we’ve watched, tourists seemed to like it better. For the uninformed, lechon is essentially whole pit-roasted pig—a specialty of the country. Seeing as it’s a rare time for both of us to be in Mandaluyong, where the closest Zubuchon is, we took the opportunity to try it out.
Beloved, myself, and Const had a late lunch or early dinner at Zaan Japanese Tea House. This was a month ago, when we went to Papa Diddi’s, and, yes, this is the “new place” I talked about in that review. We found this place in one of the popular review aggregators and noticed that it had favorable reviews. Since we wanted to try something new, especially around the Tomas Morato area, we decided to try it out, inviting Const along the way.
Beloved and I had dinner at Tien Ma’s a couple of weeks ago. It’s our second time trying this place, with the first time being a not bad experience. Located at KIA Theater, right beside Tim Hortons, this Chinese/Taiwanese place serves dimsum, mami, and other Chinese viands that goes well with rice. It’s your typical Chinese place, really. What separates this place is the fact that most of their viands are priced at 200 Php, a bit below from your average similar place and yet manages to serve a similar amount.
Beloved celebrated her birthday with me at Four Seasons Buffet & Hotpot located at the Manhattan Parkview in Cubao a couple of weeks ago. We’ve actually been here before, a lot of times already, in fact, and among the buffet places that offer a free-on-your-birthday promo, this is Beloved’s favorite. Ever since it opened a couple of years ago, we’ve celebrated Beloved’s birthday here two years running now.
Beloved and I had dinner at Ling Nam a couple of weeks ago, during Good Friday. This was one of the few places opened at Banawe, where Beloved was, during that day. This Chinese dimsum/noodle place apparently is one of the mainstays of the place, and it has established some regulars, Beloved’s family included. Since choices were limited that day, it’s not too difficult a decision.
Beloved and I had dinner at Livestock a couple of days ago. I’ve been craving for something unhealthy, something to make me younger recently, and Livestock’s famous crispy pata seemed to be a good candidate to fill that craving. We’ve been to this place before, but we didn’t have any good pictures due to bad lighting. Since our technology has improved, we were hopeful to try again. As the place was easily accessible from home, it wasn’t a problem to revisit.
Beloved, myself, and Const indulged at Papa Diddi’s a couple of weekends ago. This was after trying out a new place at Mother Ignacia which I will write about when we manage to get back there, for reasons I will explain once I write it. If you’ve been back-reading, you’ll know that we frequent this place a lot for their ice cream. The reason I’m writing this is they’ve added an annex to their original branch literally one store away that serves some new items that we decided to try out.
Beloved and I had coffee at Costa Coffee Eastwood branch last week. This coffee chain might be my current favorite among chains, not counting “third wave” independent coffee shops or fast food coffees (which, honestly, some are not half-bad). After participating in SGD Coffee’s Coffee Appreciation Workshop, we feel more qualified to review and appreciate places that serve good coffee. For me, this imported British coffee chain that we frequent a lot is one of them.
A foreword: we are not the best people to ask about this place. Beloved and myself are not big drinkers. Blackwood Bar & Grill is foremost a bar which Beloved, myself, and a group of friends went to celebrate a couple of friends’ birthdays. This bar is one of the few places in Kapitolyo The Hub at the Greenfield District that serves alcohol. According to our more beer-drinking friends, the prices of the draft beer here was reasonable which was why they chose this place.
Beloved and I had dinner at Nara Kimbob a few days ago. This place is actually a place that we usually ignore in some food courts. It recently (about a year, maybe?) opened its own place at Aurora Boulevard near Anonas Station where I reside. We’ve also been in this place quite a few times already due to its proximity and price.